He May Play a Goof on TV, But Don’t Underestimate Rick Perry
When Texas Governor Rick Perry put himself into the national spotlight by running for the Republican nomination for President in this year’s election, he certainly had his fair share of “oops” moments. Whether failing to identify federal agencies he would eliminate, proposing a bet to eventual nominee Mitt Romney, or inciting an international incident by referring to Turks as “terrorists”, Perry frequently resorted to damage control to minimize the criticism he was receiving back home. Unfortunately, for Perry, it wasn’t enough. The overwhelming front runner when he entered the race, Perry quickly lost the majority of his campaign team to other candidates and credibility with former supporters and media outlets. But despite his downfall, we can assure you that the Rick Perry saga is far from over.
So what’s next for Rick Perry, you might ask? Well we do know that he is happy with his current job as Governor of the great state of Texas. In a recent interview with the Dallas Morning News, Perry told reporter Gromer Jeffers that he would “most likely” seek another term as Governor. Several days prior, he told a group of reporters “I’m pretty comfortable with my record. We are the envy of the other 49 states”, adding “there’s certainly that option” of another gubernatorial run in 2014.
Even more alarming, Perry also announced that he would not count out another run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. He explained that a lot can happen in the next four years and said that he would “absolutely” consider the possibility of another run. Whether he ultimately decides to run or not, we think this announcement is a smart strategic move on his part. Leaving the door open for a possible run for reelection in 2014 or for president in 2016 allow him to continue aggressively raising campaign funds. Yes, he has made many enemies, and many don’t take him seriously. But as Texas Governor, he has made over 4,000 appointments, and he has leveraged those appointments for fundraising and retaining support from key people and interest groups.
We agree with Perry that a lot can change in the next four years, or even in the next two. While we believe it would take nothing short of a miracle for him to regain the credibility on a national stage that would be necessary to attain a Presidential nomination, we certainly wouldn’t put it past him to try again. At the very least, his first attempt lowered public expectations for him which could be beneficial, and he made more than a handful of mistakes which he can learn from.
There are many alternate endings to the Rick Perry saga. He could bow down to Greg Abbott and ride out into the sunset. He could use his campaign war chest to create a powerful political organization or his next business venture. Regardless of the outcome, the moral of the story is that you shouldn’t underestimate Perry. It may not always work in his favor, but he definitely has a plan. While Perry may look like an imbecile to the rest of the country, he has a knack for getting what he wants in Texas politics.
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